Slumdog Millionaire HAS become one of the few independently produced movies to cross the $200-million mark worldwide, after posting $116.9 million in domestic ticket sales and $96 million overseas, Daily Variety reported today (Thursday). It also observed that, contrary to earlier estimates, final figures indicate that Slumdog was last weekend's No. 1 film at the international box office, edging out The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It also rose to become the top film in North America on Tuesday with a take of $984,956, beating Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail with $819,705. ( Jonas Brothers The 3D Concert Experience ) fell to sixth place with $364,389. Additionally it was reported that the soundtrack of the concert film sold only 49,700 copies in its debut last week compared with 525,000 copies that their last album sold when it hit the shelves last August.)

NOTE Since Watchmen is being released in many cities at midnight tonight, many reviews appeared today (Thursday). (Most are dreadful.) We will have a more complete summary of the reviews on Friday.